Flattened Musk Turtle


Scientific name : Sternotherus depressus

Family : Kinosternidae

Native to : Northern Alabama, United States

Interesting fact : Most turtles are quite shy and will release a pungent yellow fluid called musk when stressed.

Conservation status : Critically Endangered

Feeding predominantly on clams and snails are these flattened musk turtles. Their webbed feet and tails help them swim. With a length of only 10 cm and a flat shell they easily hide under rocks of rivers, streams and creek and come out only at night. Their numbers are reducing due to collection for the pet trade.

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